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John W. Zeiger

Presiding Partner
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Direct: 614.365.4101
Fax: 614.365.7900

41 S High St
3500 Huntington Center
Columbus, Ohio 43215

“One of the best in terms of intellect, instincts, and trial skills.” One of only four “Band 1” General Commercial Litigators in Ohio.

[Chambers USA 2010]

"John Zeiger is admired as a 'ferocious, hard-working litigator who combines creative thinking with excellent writing skills.' The backbone of his practice is complex litigation, primarily representing corporations, high net worth individuals and legal professionals. He is an experienced trial lawyer and is well versed in class action defense."

[ Chambers USA 2006]

John W. Zeiger is the Presiding Partner of Zeiger, Tigges & Little LLP. Mr. Zeiger has extensive trial experience in a broad range of complex litigation - primarily representing corporations, high net-worth individuals, and legal professionals. His practice focuses primarily on defense of major business disputes, securities law claims, legal professional liability, and media law litigation. He has wide ranging experience in contract, trademark, copyright, bankruptcy, and class action defense.

Professional Affiliations

Current: Zeiger, Tigges & Little LLP

  • Founding Partner of litigation boutique concentrating in corporate litigation defense, professional liability, and media cases.

1980 - 1993: Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (Columbus Office)

  • Senior Litigation Partner in 60-lawyer Columbus office of international law firm.

Community and Professional Affiliations

Commissioner - Supreme Court of Ohio

  • Creed of Professionalism (1989 - 1990)
  • Client Security Fund of Ohio (1995 - 1997)
  • Committee on Bar Examination (1997 - 1998)

Trustee, Grant-Riverside Methodist Hospitals
(1998 - 2002) (Chairman 2001 - 2002)

Director, OhioHealth Corporation
(2001 - 2007) (Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee 2002 - 2007)
(Central Ohio's largest not-for-profit health care system)

Trustee, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
(1995 - present) (Finance Chair 1997 - 2003; Chair-Elect 2003-2004; Chairman of the Board 2004 - 2008)

Trustee, The Ohio Reads Foundation
(1998 - 2005) (The charitable arm of Governor Taft's statewide literacy initiative)

Representative Experience

  • Counsel in two separate trust disputes, each of which involved hundreds of millions of dollars in trust assets
  • Litigation counsel to Columbus civic leaders in returning control of key downtown shopping mall property to City of Columbus for redevelopment
  • Trial counsel in challenge to Ohio General Assembly diverting $240 million of tobacco use prevention funding to other initiatives
  • Trial counsel in $15 million indemnity claim on behalf of JPMorgan Chase arising out of class action settlement
  • Defense counsel in preliminary injunction proceeding seeking to invalidate cartoon character licensing agreement in effort to thwart $85 million media company acquisition
  • Lead trial counsel in representation of Columbus community leaders in dispute with Lamar Hunt over control of the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL franchise
  • Trial counsel in property tax dispute involving newly-opened Nationwide Arena
  • Lead trial counsel for a major law firm in three class action securities lawsuits arising out of penny stock fraud and criminal proceedings
  • Trial counsel in successful defense of a major tax fraud indictment, ultimately obtaining $800,000 tax refund for client
  • Three-week pro bono death penalty murder trial representation
  • Lead trial counsel of Federated Department Stores, Inc., in its successful $6 billion bankruptcy reorganization
  • Trial counsel in Marathon Oil's successful defense of Mobil Oil Corporation's challenge to $6 billion white knight agreement with U.S. Steel
  • Lead trial counsel in $1 billion real estate bankruptcy of Cardinal Industries, Inc., including lead trial counsel in prosecution of defendant  class action involving 250 banks having $1 billion in loans

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyer – Business Litigation (annually since publication commenced)
  • Best Lawyers in America 1982 - 2010 (Corporate Litigation and Media Defense)
  • Recognized as one of 100 Super Lawyers in Ohio (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)
  • Recognized in the National Law Journal as one of the top ten litigators in Ohio (March 2000)
  • Appointed official Delegate - Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (2004)


J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1972
Summa Cum Laude
The Order of the Coif

B.S.B.A., The Ohio State University, 1969
Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Ohio
United States Supreme Court
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio